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Robbie paid £1.5m to quit Take That

Robbie Williams has claimed that he had to fork out £1.5 million to be able to leave Take That.

The Candy singer reckoned he left the band before he intended to, and his departure cost him more than he'd made in it.

According to the Daily Mirror, Robbie told BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes: "For reasons I can't go into because certain people like suing me - and they like winning - there was a big need for me to get out of my contract and out of that record company.

"I think I made a million or something in Take That and then it cost me a million and a half to get out of the deal. So as a 20-year-old I ended up coming out of Take That owing £500,000."

Asked whether he had jumped or was pushed from Take That, he replied: "It was a bit of both. At the time I was drinking really heavily - and very young.

"I'd said to the boys, 'This will be my last tour.' We went for a curry the night before everything happened and we were taking a competition winner for a curry. It mustn't have been a very nice evening for them. And I went back to the hotel and got drunk again, got up the next day, went into rehearsals and I wasn't in a very good way."

Robbie said the end had come that afternoon when he spoke to his bandmates.

He explained: "During the afternoon, Jason Orange said, 'Bob, we need to sit you down and have a chat. So you're going to leave after this tour and what we've decided is, we think it's best you go now, so we can prove we can do this as a four-piece. What do you think?'

"That was the opening of the door. That's all I needed. They watched me walk away."

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